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Publisher's Summary

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking.

Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function within the mind, Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities as well as the biases of fast thinking and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, he shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking, contrasting the two-system view of the mind with the standard model of the rational economic agent.

Kahneman's singularly influential work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies. In this path-breaking book, Kahneman shows how the mind works, and offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and personal lives - and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Daniel Kahneman (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A tour de force. . . Kahneman’s book is a must read for anyone interested in either human behavior or investing. He clearly shows that while we like to think of ourselves as rational in our decision making, the truth is we are subject to many biases. At least being aware of them will give you a better chance of avoiding them, or at least making fewer of them.” (Larry Swedroe, CBS News)
“A major intellectual event . . . The work of Kahneman and Tversky was a crucial pivot point in the way we see ourselves.” (David Brooks, The New York Times)
“[Thinking, Fast and Slow] is wonderful, of course. To anyone with the slightest interest in the workings of his own mind, it is so rich and fascinating that any summary would seem absurd.” (Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair)

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Great book, just doesn't work in audio only.

All the many references to visual content like grafs, tables, pictures etc. will leave the listener clueless. This is obviously a huge encumbrance and I strongly recommend you get the book, but get it from somewhere you also get access to the written copy (or be prepared to also purchase the book from say Google books or something).

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  • William
  • Fox Chapel, PA, United States
  • 10-23-17

Thorough, Systematic and Accurate

Sometimes hard to accept, sometimes hard to apply, but always backed up with research results and data. Kahneman set the ground work for improving decisions affecting change and understanding others with this very understandable book. I recommend purchasing the Kindle version as well. Some of the lengthy setups for explaining the research would be more easily grasped with the words in front of you.
Highly recommended for all.

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One of the Few Books Everyone Should Experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book to every single human being who can read it, and also those who can listen to it. The information is practical, and leads to self-insight greater than any other book I can think of.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thinking, Fast and Slow?

It is hard to say. A lot of the explanations are memorable, especially the sections about confirmation bias.

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A book about thinking . . who would have thunk it?

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Dry listening. As if you are thirsty and moving away from a glass of water. And then suddenly we are told about an experiment where thirsty people can either have a glass of water now . . . or walk five miles in to a desert to have two glasses of water. I was left wondering . . . who pays for all these experiments and the scientists who conduct them.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 10-14-13

Jot Down Notes

"Thinking, Fast and Slow" is not a good book for audio just because the print version would be easier to follow. There are too many references and examples in the pdf to follow and after a while, you get lost in Professor Kahneman's lecture. There is no way to jot down notes and reference back of what you listened to.

Imagine taking a math class, but instead of visualizing the problem and working it out on paper, the math equations is spoken to you and there is no way to solve the problem with a pencil and paper. You can't go back and use an eraser to correct your mistakes.

Thinking, Fast and Slow is a hard concept for audio. I would have fail the midterm from what I've just listened to. Stick with the print version on this one. Even the ebook would be hard to follow because Daniel Kahneman has so many concepts in his book that you should take notes or else you are just napping in his class.

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  • S
  • Orillia, ON, Canada
  • 05-16-13

Short on interest - long on verbage

The actually interesting part of this book is buried in tons of statistical information - most of which has nothing to do with thought processing. In the 24 + hours of listening, I appreciated about 3 hours of content - only finishing the book because of the excellent narration! Patrick Egan is an amazing narrator!

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An Interesting book to listen to

Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

A good reader but you will get more benefit from this book if you open the pdf file (that is in your audio library under this book title) so you can have access to pictures, graphes and other written info that is referred to in the audio. A pretty good audio book overall.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a well presented non-fiction audio. The pdf file makes it better than the actual book.

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Dan Ariely does it so much better

While to content is interesting, it is presented in a very dense, heavy manner. This is not an enjoyable pop-science read. And the 450 pages! Not a quick read either. If you want a more enjoyable read, explaining the same contents and experiments, consider reading Dan Ariely's three books: Predictably Irrational; The Upside of Irrationality; and, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.

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  • DS
  • 01-21-13

PROBABILITY VS POSSIBILITY

This is a great book for anyone interested in the difference between intuition and logical thinking and why few people find it easy to make the distinction in their own thinking processes.

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Really did drag on

I love books about cognitive science and Kahneman and Tversky are giants in the field. They used thought experiments (followed up by actual experiments) to show how little insight we all have into our decision making processes -- how often we fall back on mental short cuts that give us incorrect answers, and how shockingly unaware we are of the problem. After hearing so many other authors reference their work, I thought it would be great to hear it described first hand, and it was, for the first half of the book, but Kahneman just tried to pack too much stuff in. And each chapter started with examples of how to use their new insights in business situations -- which seemed interesting at first, but got pretty annoying.

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